16 May 2015

Indian summer

All good things must come to an end and today our Indian summer finally finished.  It is wet, windy and cold and we are hunkered down inside.  Outside, the garden is enjoying a nice long drink of water.






My lettuce seedlings are enjoying their first drink from the sky rather than the garden tap.


The leaves are beginning to change colour


and a few have begun to fall.   Winter is on its way.

15 May 2015

Making rope

If I saved all the fabric scraps I generate from my quilt making, I wouldn't be able to get into my sewing room.  However, I do save some and often wonder why I do as I rarely use them.   Then I saw this idea to use up scraps and thought I would try it.  I was immediately hooked as the process is very addictive and easy to do while watching TV.  Added to which the end result just looks SO pretty.


I started with a bag of scraps.


Which I cut/ripped up into narrow strips and, after a bit of twisting and turning, turned them into fabric rope.



My old wooden bobbin, which has been sitting in the sewing room for a long time looking decorative, but without much purpose, turned out to be the ideal place to house my finished rope.





I think it is really pretty and so colourful.



Once finished, the rope is incredibly strong and I am sure there would be a lot of uses for it. One that comes to mind is to use it for wrapping brown paper parcels.  For the moment, I am happy to enjoy looking at it as I find it so appealing.


Now my bobbin has a purpose and looks so pretty on the shelf.



I do love the internet for all the wonderful ideas and inspiration it provides.  In years gone by I would have happily paid for a class to learn how to do this.  Now it seems that everything is accessible with a few clicks and the generosity of a lot of people willing to share their good ideas.

11 May 2015

Texture


When I am choosing fabric for a quilt, I always try to include something which will give the quilt some texture.  In other words, something which will provide an extra element to the quilt to stop it looking too one dimensional.  Sometimes this can be difficult and I am amazed at how easily mother nature manages to offer us so many varieties of texture.

These sage leaves have the softest texture.



The skin of an avocado has amazing texture.











With the exception of the avocado, these are all from my garden so imagine how many thousands of textures there are out in the world.  If only I could do it so well and so easily.

04 May 2015

The giants are coming

So I went outside to check that the vegie patch wasn't drying out in the gorgeous sunshine and what do I see but this ginormous grasshopper on the passionfruit vine.  I took a step back because I do not like creepy crawlies of any description, but when they are this big (almost 10 cms or 5 inches) they really spook me.  I quickly came inside to get my camera and got as close as I dared to take some photos.  This was the one time I wished I had a very powerful telescopic lens so that I could stay well back from this monster.  I had visions of him jumping on to me and those barbs in his hind legs really made me uneasy.



As did that look he was giving me out of the corner of his eye.




Look how delicately he is holding the passionfruit leaf while he munches away.  I hope he doesn't eat too much and I hope he doesn't invite any of his mates over for a party or there won't be any vine left.






According to the Museum of Victoria website:.......

The Giant Grasshopper is so named for being the largest grasshopper in Australia. The adult's body length, however, varies from an enormous 90mm to less than half that size. This gives it the scientific name Valanga irregularis, referring not only to the irregular colouration but also the irregular length. People who know the species well simply call it Valanga.

Unlike many of the better-known grasshoppers, this species feeds not on grass but on the leaves of shrubs and trees. They have a very variable diet, ranging from native plants to citrus, cotton, coconut and even coffee plants. This makes them a minor pest in some areas, due to their occasional habit of consuming every leaf on a food plant when present in large numbers.

Well Mr Valanga, enjoy your visit to my garden, but please stay well away from me (and please don't eat too much while you are here). 

01 May 2015

Getting fancy

We are getting fancy now as we have parfait glasses in our china shop - ooh la la!


The parfait glass bowls are made from little wedges similar to those in a Dresden plate block.



Never having made one of these before, the instructions had me scratching my head for the best part of a day.

However, perseverance paid off, the penny finally dropped and I was able to make two parfait glasses.




I am loving the Liberty fabric, but have my fingers crossed that it all the blocks will look good together when it is finished.

14 April 2015

Filling the shelves


My china shop shelves are beginning to fill up.


I think the Liberty fabrics are working well and are making very pretty pots and vases.  However, in typical fashion, whereas I thought I had enough of them in my stash, I have had to buy a few more just to give me a good variety.  Not a hardship really as I love an excuse to visit the fabric shop.



06 April 2015

Autumn beauty


It's been a while since there have been any roses on the blog.  I picked these Autumn beauties this morning and thought they should be shared.
Warning - an overload of rosey photos follows.








It's sad to think the rose season will soon be coming to an end, but I have pruned and fertilised and am hoping for a lot more beauty before I pick the last rose of the year.